The Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Milford principal Vincent Scarpetti its new superintendent of schools on June 8. Scarpetti was principal at West Shore Middle School for seven years. Prior to that he was principal at Milford’s Pumpkin Delight Elementary School and was a teacher in Bridgeport schools.
“I thank the search committee and the Board of Education for seeing the qualities in me that met the vision and needs of the Orange public school system,” Scarpetti said just after his appointment. “As I began to seek a new challenge in my vocation, I knew that I would need to seek a district that not only was I a good match for, and also one that I felt I could be a part of, one where I could say I love going to work each day.”
In March, the board hired the Cooperative Education Services (C.E.S.) Executive Search Team to assist in hiring a replacement for former superintendent Lynn McMullin. The search team was charged with gaining a clear understanding of the Orange school district community’s expectations of its next superintendent. The committee sought a superintendent who possesses an authentic belief in educating the ‘whole child’ and one that understands and models appropriate value systems, ethics and moral leadership. The ideal superintendent would demonstrate strong leadership and work collaboratively with administrators, educators and other town leaders.
“Because I am part of a community of people who care about their children, families, residents and educators, the more I researched and talked to the people in the community, the more I confirmed that Orange is that place,” Scarpetti said. “It is with honor and enthusiasm that I thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your next superintendent. I look forward to meeting and building relationships with all of you,” he said.
“The Orange education mission statement ends with, ‘together we will make a difference,’ which reminds me of the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be part of the village of Orange. In addition to children, even I as an adult need support and guidance through our life and I thank my family for guiding me. I am humbled and honored to be your new superintendent.”
Interim Superintendent Michael Nast also thanked the Board of Education for the opportunity to serve Orange schools, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to service your district. Vince, I hope you stay for 30 years, but if you stay for 20, I’ll be available,” he joked. “I might have a walker, but I enjoyed it that much. Thank you.” Nast served as interim superintendent from January through June.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent